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June 11, 2014 6:35 pm

Israeli Bill to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Prisoners Passes First Knesset Vote

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Israeli Knesset Hall. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Ynet – Israel’s parliament has given initial approval to a law to enable the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, drawing defiance from activists who said on Tuesday it would not deter the inmates.

Some 120 Palestinians held by Israel began refusing food on April 24 in protest at their detention without trial. Since then the number has risen closer to 300. Israel’s Prisons Service say 70 have been hospitalised.

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